Port Vila, Vanuatu
More than 500 Seventh-day Adventist young people in Port Vila joined 8 million youth across the world, doing “acts of kindness” in their communities.
Every Sabbath we hear sermon after sermon but this Sabbath is different. The youth won’t preach a sermon. They are to ‘be the sermon’.
Part of the Global Youth Day initiative, the young people gathered at Epauto church before splitting into 10 groups to cover the city. Dressed in white, blue and yellow shirts, printed with the motto “be the sermon”, they gave out bus fares, water bottles with a Bible verse, fruit, soft drinks, clothing, kitchen items, Bibles and devotional reading books. They also sang and prayed for people.
Vanuatu Mission youth director, Pastor Charlie Jimmy, said, “Every Sabbath we hear sermon after sermon but this Sabbath is different. The youth won’t preach a sermon. They are to ‘be the sermon’.”
Pastor Jimmy, Efate District pastor John Leeman, and Efate Youth and Pathfinder leaders encouraged the young people to “be the sermon” as a lifestyle.
An old man who received a Bible from Epauto ambassadors said he had been praying for a Bible and on that Saturday morning walked to town not knowing his need would be answered.
That afternoon 27 young people donated blood to the Vila Central Hospital blood bank. According to blood specialist, Dexter Takau, “Our blood bank is at zero. Each day 10 people are short of blood, especially those with cervical cancer, anemia and patients undergoing big operations.”
Mr Takau thanked all the young people who donated their blood, saying it would save lives.